Reconciling History

In the spotlight:

  • A new learning series of historical documents by Dr. Cindy Blackstock organized according to Gregory Stanton's 10 Stages of Genocide. The learning series is intended to inspire people to continue learning about Canada's historic and contemporary relationship with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples as they consider the question, "Is it genocide?" - #IsItGenocide?
  • Dr. Cindy Blackstock's article, "The long history of discrimination against First Nations children" tracks the Canadian government's systemic neglect of First Nations children from the residential school system through to its contemporary underfunding of on-reserve public services and .

The Reconciling History initiative invites people to learn from the past in the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action. By learning about the complete and true story of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, we can all have a better understanding of how we can contribute to reconciliation in meaningful ways. 

Canada has a long history of knowing about the inequalities faced by Indigenous children and their families and choosing not to act. There are stories, both written and told, of Indigenous children, families and communities who took steps to resist and attempt to change the residential school system. There are over 100 years of reports, articles, books, inquiries and commissions written by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples outlining the inequalities and providing solutions. 

Reconciling History provides an opportunity to learn about Canada’s treatment of Indigenous children and families in a way that links lessons of history to contemporary injustices. It is an opportunity demonstrate why reconciliation should move beyond describing the past to learning from it.